Review: Street Safari by Public Access TV

Street Safari by Public Access TVThere’s something interesting about Public Access TV. Somewhat automatically you put them in the same box as their fellow indie bands from New York – you know, that tight, impenetrable, somewhat snobbish kind of cool – but a listen to their records show an openness you don’t quite expect. Their second record, Street Safari, takes a lot in: their plate is filled with a lot of new wave references, and yes, they go deep, not focusing on one style, but rather taking in the whole tableau. Yet, strikingly, their songs breathe. It’s looser, more meandering, but still good enough for the indie disco, even if it might take a while for you to get there. (“Metrotron” is an obvious exemption.) That leaves Street Safari with a bit of an issue. The songs are good, catchy if not anthemic, but a part of you wishes it was snappier, a bit tighter. It seems to go on for too long. But you’ve got to stick with it; it’s all deliberate, and by the end you’ll understand it’s built to be a sleeper – and a confident one, at that. [NB]4/5

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